Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov accused the West on Tuesday of fomenting “years of confrontation” in the Asia-Pacific region after the AUKUS alliance agreed a nuclear-powered submarines deal.
“The Anglo-Saxon world, with the creation of structures like AUKUS and with the advancement of NATO military infrastructures into Asia, is making a serious bet on many years of confrontation” in the region, Lavrov said in televised comments.
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The Kremlin said that the AUKUS agreement between Australia, Britain and the United States to supply Canberra with several nuclear-powered submarines would require international oversight.
“There are a lot of questions related to issues around non-proliferation,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, adding that “particular transparency will needed.”
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